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The nonprofit corporation operating the National Historic landmark plans to restore the landscape as it looked when Jefferson lived there two centuries ago. President Lynn Beebe referred to the ceremony Tuesday as a historic moment and part of a quest the nonprofit is on to discover Jefferson’s vision for the personal space he knew as his getaway.

“Up until this era, we have had more insight into the architectural part of that equation,” Beebe said. “Now we are beginning to reveal the part of the vision that has been out of sight for so many generations, his ingenious landscape design.”

Beebe, staff, volunteers and Garden Club of Virginia guests who helped in the project raised champagne glasses to toast to “Mr. Jefferson and getting it right.”

“Jefferson’s love of trees is well documented,” Gary said, adding he wrote of the mulberry trees as the most beautiful to have near a house.

Jefferson was very precise in how they were placed,
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“So if you’re going to restore the landscape he designed and the trees he planted, you’d better get it right.”

The property passed through several families before the corporation took hold of it several decades ago. Beebe said there is no record the staff is aware of as to exactly what happened to the mulberry trees Jefferson planted.

Jefferson’s writings mentioned his interest in the trees in 1806, the same year he began building Poplar Forest, said Will Rieley, Garden Club of Virginia landscape architect. What makes them appealing is they grow so fast and, in about three years, visitors can enjoy a canopy of shade under them, he said.
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